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Hate office meetings? Ricoh's digital room helps break the ice

Lights, music and cameras encourage and analyze participation, company says

Ricoh developed an interactive meeting room that uses light and sound to facilitate communication. (Photo courtesy of Ricoh)

TOKYO -- As workers return to the office after more than two years of virtual meetings, one company in Japan is trying to put a digital spin on in-person interaction.

Office equipment maker Ricoh's new meeting room technology, Ricoh Prism, surrounds participants with screens. Projectors in the ceiling flash what is being discussed across the walls and floor. Lighting and music are adjusted automatically based on mood.

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